Natchez Trace State Park

Location: Lexington, Tennessee

Webpage: Tennessee State Park

General Description: Natchez Trace State Park is on an alternate route of the Natchez Trace with the official route on the east side of the Tennessee River.  Located between Nashville and Jackson it provides a convenient location for both with I-40 running through the northern part of the park.  The park is very large, encompassing about 48,000 acres and was originally purchased under President Roosevelt’s New Deal program.   The purchase created many jobs for local residents including the CCC and WPA programs.  Most of the roads within the park were originally constructed by them and many of the buildings are still in use.  Accommodations include two lodges, multiple primitive campgrounds, an equestrian campgrounds, and an RV park on the shores of Pin Oak Lake.  Along with the campgrounds there are over 250 miles of riding trails, hiking trails that range from 0.5 mile to a 40 mile overnight trail.  The most common recreational activity is fishing in one of the four lakes within the park.  Amenities within the RV campground are full hookups on all of the more than 70 sites, bathrooms/showers, playground, swimming beach, and laundry facilities at each bathroom.

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Impressions:

1) The campground is very well maintained and most sites have a nice view of the lake.  While there are a few pull-through sites, none of them are on the lake.  However, the back-in sites are all well designed to be easy to get into and spacious with picnic table and fire ring.

Campgrounds

2) The bathrooms are very clean and well maintained.  The staff were very friendly dropping by for a chat when they see you outside your RV.

3) There are many hiking trails to choose from that range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.  We choose to hike an easy-moderate trail through the woods from the Pin Oak Lodge towards the picnic area near the campgrounds.  The trail was well maintained and well marked.  This trail also overlapped their nature trail which had signposts with engraved letters, although I am not sure where to pick up the pamphlet for the trail as there is no place for them at the trailhead.

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